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Starter solenoid burnt out/have 12v on r/w and blu/w leads. why?

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They both show 12v until you press the start button and earth one out. if you switch the multi meter to a smaller scale, it will show a small difference between r\w and b\w due to the resistance in the soleniod coil.
If you put a new solenoid on and it tries to start the bike when the wires are connected, there is a fault in the start button or wire

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